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Dining districts: where to eat in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the world’s great food cities, with a palate-pleasing array of choices when it comes to restaurants. Here’s a selection of where to eat in some of the city’s best foodie neighbourhoods.

Soho Spice is a popular choice when looking where to eat in Soho
Soho Spice is a popular choice when looking where to eat in Soho

Where to eat in … Soho/Mid-Levels

Soho’s Elgin and Staunton streets are lined with bars and restaurants. There are so many cuisines to choose from in this area, with a good selection of European restaurants, such as French, Italian and Mediterranean, along with hip Vietnamese and Chinese eateries. Soho Spice has been a stalwart on the scene for 14 years with its Southeast Asian street food, but it had a major overhaul in March with a new menu from award-winning chef Peter Cuong Franklin.

Soho Spice

47B Elgin Street, Soho

2526 2227 | diningconcepts.com

Also in the area: Bindaas, Chôm Chôm, Olive, Linguini Fini, Maison Libanaise, BÊP, Little Bao, Fresca, Steak Frites, Maison Libonaise, Bouchon Bistro Francais, Ho Lee Fook, Soul Food Hong Kong

Where to eat: UMI restaurant in Sheung Wan has an intimate interior
UMI’s intimate interior

Where to eat in … Sheung Wan

Sheung Wan is one of those neighbourhoods that has a cool, creative vibe – and this definitely applies to the restaurants in the area. There are all sorts of places tucked away in laneways and side streets, including recent addition UMI. This 10-seater sushi counter offers an intimate Edomae (Tokyo-style) sushi experience in a refined, yet relaxed setting.

UMI

Shop 3, G/F, 159-163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

2956 3177 | lecomptoir.hk/umi

Also in the area: Bibo, Chachawan, Yardbird, Aberdeen Street Social, Blue Butcher, Cocotte, Isono, NOM, Figaro, La Cantoche, Upper Modern Bistro, Mrs Pound

Michelin-starred VEA offers innovative cuisine and cocktails
Michelin-starred VEA offers innovative cuisine and cocktails

Where to eat in … Central

Central is much more than a retail district; there are plenty of dining venues too, and some of the best are not on street level, but high above it – like one-Michelin-starred VEA, where Chef Vicky Cheng works closely with champion mixologist Antonio Lai to create a fabulous marriage of food and drinks. With fine dining and cocktails, you’ve got all the ingredients for a decadent night out here.

VEA

29-30/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central

2711 8639 | vea.hk

Also in the area: My Tai Tai, Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Arcane, ON Dining & Kitchen, Envoy, Duddells, Mak Mak, Twenty Six by Liberty, Carbone, Alchemy, Mama San, Bread Street Kitchen, Bombay Dreams, EE Da Le, Moi Moi by Luke Nguyen, TokyoLima

The cool interior at Deng G contrasts with the hot Sichuan cuisine
The cool interior at Deng G contrasts with the hot Sichuan cuisine

Where to eat in … Wan Chai

Ignore the tourist trap bars as there is a lot more to Wan Chai. It has pockets of excellent eateries on Ship Street, Star Street, Lee Tung Avenue and along Hennessy Road. Newcomer Deng G Chengdu Bistro & Baijiu Bar is upstairs off Queen’s Road East, and specialises in the ever-popular Sichuan cuisine with chef Deng Huadong at the helm.

Deng G Chengdu Bistro & Baijiu Bar

2/F, 147 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai

2609 2328 | elite-concepts.com

Also in the area: Fishsteria, The Pawn, Pirata, 22 Ships, El Mercado, Le Pain Quotidien, Ham & Sherry, The Optimist, Quest by Que, Le Bistro Winebeast

where to eat in Causeway Bay: Braised pork rice
Braised pork rice

Where to eat in … Causeway Bay

Causeway Bay can sometimes be overlooked as a dining destination in favour of nearby Wan Chai or Soho, but it can definitely hold its own in the foodie stakes. There’s been a real buzz about newcomer Tainan A Dou Zai, which opened its doors last September, offering Taiwanese street food. Check it out to see what the fuss is about.

Tainan A Dou Zai

G/F, 19 Lan Fong Road, Causeway Bay

2217 0520 | facebook.com

Also in the area: The Fat Pig, Sijie Sichuan Restaurant, The Red Pepper, Minh & Kok, Seasons by Olivier E., ALTO, Sushi Hiro

Where to eat: Little Creatures is a great spot for families and large groups
Little Creatures is a great spot for families and large groups

Where to eat in … Kennedy Town

The gentrification of Kennedy Town continues. With the MTR now well established, the changing face of K-Town is evident in the number of new restaurants and cafes opening. West Australian craft beer brewer Little Creatures has joined the throng, establishing itself on New Praya. The large premises make it great for family dining, and the staff are very accommodating to kids.

Little Creatures

Shop 1, G/F, New Fortune House, 5A New Praya, Kennedy Town

2833 5611 | littlecreatures.hk

Also in the area: Chino, K-Town Bar & Grill, Butcher & Baker, Bistro Du Vin, Missy Ho’s, Comptoir, Shoreditch, Belgica

where to eat: Potato Head's Kaum restaurant in Sai Ying Pun offers Indonesian food with a twist
Potato Head’s Kaum restaurant in Sai Ying Pun offers Indonesian food with a twist

Where to eat in … Sai Ying Pun

Sai Ying Pun is having a moment. Its blend of old and new Hong Kong has seen it become one of the hippest districts in the city and a real foodie hotspot. We like Potato Head’s Kaum resto, which offers completely more-ish Indonesian food. Start dinner with a cocktail at Potato Head’s Eksotika Bar.

Potato Head – Kaum

G/F, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun

2858 6066 | ptthead.com

Also in the area: Metropolitain, Flying Pig Bistro, Fish School Stack, El Fishaway, Locofama, La Paloma, Rhoda

where to eat: One of the legendary Beef & Liberty burgers
One of the legendary Beef & Liberty burgers

Where to eat in … Southside

Stanley Plaza, Repulse Bay and Wong Chuk Hang have a solid selection of restaurant options. For a seriously good burger, try Beef & Liberty. You’ll also find outlets in Wan Chai and Central, but the Stanley venue is great, with the option of sitting outside and watching the kids play in the square while you tuck in.

Beef & Liberty

G/F, Stanley Plaza, The Piazza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley

2563 2798 | beef-liberty.com

Also in the area: Classified, Limewood, Tri, The Ocean, Shoku, Cabana, Stan Café, Hotshot, Pomegranate Kitchen, 3/3rds

where to eat: One Minden Tapas Kitchen's classic vegetarian Spanish omelette
A classic Spanish omelette

Where to eat in … Tsim Sha Tsui

The TST area is a drawcard for some of the best in the world (think Alain Ducasse, Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa and the like), and you’ll find something to please even the fussiest palate along the harbour. But it’s not just about fine dining. One Minden Tapas Kitchen blends all the elements required for traditional Andalusian cuisine with local influences.

One Minden Tapas Kitchen

G/F, 1 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

2722 1707 | oneminden.com.hk

Also in the area: La Locanda, Spasso, London House, Hutong, The Parlour, Maison Eight, FINDS, La Taverna, Brick Lane Gallery, Al Molo, Nahm, Aqua, Hutong, BLT Steak

Where to eat: Enjoy spectacular views at CE LA VI
Enjoy spectacular views at CE LA VI

Where to eat in … Lan Kwai Fong

While technically a part of Central, LKF has grown into a spot that is just as likely to draw discerning foodies as late-night revellers. Perched 25 floors above the mayhem of LKF is CE LA VI, which does a fun brunch and has a skybar with fantastic views.

CE LA VI

25/F California Tower, 36, 30 D’Aguilar St

3700 2300 | hk.celavi.com

Also in the area: Brickhouse, Lily & Bloom, Bread Street Kitchen, Porterhouse by Laris, Jinjuu, Braza Churrascaria, Bistecca.

Mr & Mrs Fox is one of the highlights of dining in Quarry Bay
Mr & Mrs Fox is one of the highlights of dining in Quarry Bay

Where to eat in … Quarry Bay

This side of town is not generally thought of when planning a night out, but there are some great options if you want to head left of centre. Mr and Mrs Fox can cater to any type of experience you are after with its three floors – whether it’s drinks downstairs or a feast upstairs.

Mr and Mrs Fox

23 Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay

2697 8500 | mrmrsfox.com

Also in the area: Plat Du Jour, Bib n Hops, FEAST, Grand Cuisine Shanghai Kitchen, Shiro Sushi.

where to eat: Wagyu beef puffs are one of the decadent offerings at the Dim Sum Library
Wagyu beef puffs are one of the decadent offerings at the Dim Sum Library

Where to eat in … Admiralty

Admiralty has a number of good dining options, many of which are found in the Pacific Place complex. There are a diverse range of cuisines on offer in the venues which are dotted throughout this luxe shopping mall. If you want a very decadent dim sum experience, head to Dim Sum Library and expect high-end ingredients in Cantonese classic dishes.

Dim Sum Library

124/Level 1, Pacific Place, Admiralty
Also in the area: Commissary, Bizou, Brick Lane
where to eat: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
Splurge for a Michelin-starred meal at Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental

Where to eat … hotel restaurants

As far as hotel dining goes, Hong Kong has an unusually high number of Michelin-starred restaurants inside hotels – taking fine dining to a whole new level – as well as some of the city’s favourites. Here are our picks:

The Four Seasons: Caprice, Lung King Heen

Island Shangri-La: Restaurant Petrus

The Peninsula: Felix, Chesa, Spring Moon

Landmark Mandarin Oriental: Amber

Mandarin Oriental: The Mandarin Bar & Grill, Pierre

The Upper House: Café Gray Deluxe

Hotel ICON: Above & Beyond, The Market

InterContinental: Spoon by Alain Ducasse, NOBU, Yan Toh Heen

The Ritz-Carlton: Tin Lung Heen

JW Marriott: Flint Bar & Grill

This article first appeared in Expat Living’s City Guide 2017. Get your free copy now

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